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H7N9 Infection: Beijing Reports First Case, China’s 44th

Posted by feww on April 13, 2013

Avian Flu Death Toll Rises to 11 in China

A 7-year-old girl in Beijing has been infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu, the first reported case in Beijing.

The new case has raised the number of H7N9 infections in China to 44, including 11 fatalities, so far this year, said a report.

The child’s parents work in live poultry market in Shunyi District,  a northeastern suburbs of Beijing, according to the report.

“The girl developed flu symptoms, including fever, cough, [suffocation,] sore throat and headache, Thursday morning. She was brought to the Beijing Ditan Hospital to seek medical treatment around noon and was then hospitalized for lung infection.

Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus

This is a “novel” (non-human) virus and therefore has the potential to cause a pandemic if it were to change to become easily and sustainably spread from person-to-person. So far, this virus has not been determined to have that capability. However, influenza viruses constantly change and it’s possible that this virus could gain that ability. CDC takes routine preparedness actions whenever a new virus with pandemic potential is identified, including developing a candidate vaccine virus to make a vaccine if it were to be needed. There is no licensed H7 vaccine available at this time. —CDC

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Vietnam: Cancer Death Rate One of the World’s Highest

More than 110,000 new cases of cancer are reported in Vietnam each year, with a fatality rate of 73.5 percent (82,000 deaths), one of the highest rates in the world, according to Hanoi-based Bach Mai Hospital.

  • World average mortality rate for cancer is 59.7 percent.
  • Average death rate is 67.8 percent in developing countries and 49.4 percent in developed countries.
  • Most common types of cancer in Vietnam are lung, breast, large intestine, stomach, liver, prostate, uterus, cervix, esophagus, bladder, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, oral cavity, leukemia, pancreas, ovary and kidney.
  • Most common cancers among Vietnamese men are lung, colorectal, stomach, prostate, while in women the most common are uterus and cervix cancers.

 

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